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Pardew has his side playing well. (©PAphotos)
Pardew has his side playing well. (©PAphotos).

Whilst much has been made of the impressive unbeaten starts made by both Manchester clubs this season, a team to have snuck under the radar so far is Newcastle United.

Football betting punters will be well aware of the returns they’ve made on Manchester United’s wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs and will likely tune in to their clash with Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.

Yet a football tip perhaps not overly flouted this season will have been to back Newcastle in their Premier League matches despite them being the only other Premier League side still unbeaten.

They welcome Spurs to St James’ Park for Sunday’s televised match; a game which will perhaps prove to be their hardest test of the campaign so far.

Alan Pardew’s side may be at home but are still 37/20 underdogs to win on Sunday with Spurs the 7/5 favourites and the draw available at 23/10.

Newcastle’s price may well be a steal here as although Spurs have won their last four Premier League games, they have lost five of their last six Premier League meetings with Newcastle including seven of the last eight at St James’ Park.

Much will depend for Spurs on whether Emmanuel Adebayor has managed to shrug off his hamstring injury in time as their reliance on a forward who can hold up the ball is magnified ten fold when away from White Hart Lane.




 

So pivotal to the Spurs line-up has the Togo front-man become that Sportingbet have him as the 4/6 favourite to be Tottenham’s top scorer this season.

Newcastle meanwhile have stumbled on a lethal strike force of their own in Demba Ba and Leon Best who have hit seven of the nine league goals the club have scored and are the joint 13/2 favourites to score first in the game.

More surprising is the fact that they have conceded just four league goals this term with a resolute defence never usually associated with the black and white stripes of the north east.

If they can come through Sunday’s game still unbeaten then it’ll be time to start taking them seriously. But whatever the result they’ll be no more sneaking under the radar.

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